Fall 2008

Undergraduate Course Descriptions (Archived)

DMS 101A BASIC FILM MAKING
Staff :: MW 9:00am -10:50am :: CFA 286
REG#117704

This course is intended to provide a basic introduction to 16mm film production. Classes will include screenings, lectures, and demonstrations. Students will learn basic camera operation, lighting, editing, and sound acquisition. In addition, the course will explore the critical relationship between theory and practice in the context of film production. Students will be required to complete collaborative class projects, individual assignments, and a critical paper. Each student will also be required to complete a short, non-sync, 16mm film project. Class materials will cost approx. $150. Lab fee: $100. Class size is strictly limited. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 101B BASIC FILM MAKING
Staff :: TR 11:00am -12:50pm :: CFA 286
REG#193524

This course is intended to provide a basic introduction to 16mm film production. Classes will include screenings, lectures, and demonstrations. Students will learn basic camera operation, lighting, editing, and sound acquisition. In addition, the course will explore the critical relationship between theory and practice in the context of film production. Students will be required to complete collaborative class projects, individual assignments, and a critical paper. Each student will also be required to complete a short, non-sync, 16mm film project. Class materials will cost approx. $150. Lab fee: $100. Class size is strictly limited. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 103A BASIC VIDEO
Staff :: MW 3:00pm – 4:50pm :: CFA 286
REG#071152

This course is a basic introduction to the tools and techniques of video production. Students will become familiar with using video and develop strategies for its application as an alternative medium of communication. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Video art screenings and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and the media. Students must expect to acquire materials and texts costing approx. $50.00 to be used in exercises in classroom presentations. Access to equipment and editing facilities will be available. Lab fee: $100. Class size is strictly limited. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 103B BASIC VIDEO
Staff :: TR 11:00am – 12:50pm :: CFA 286
REG#192987

This course is a basic introduction to the tools and techniques of video production. Students will become familiar with using video and develop strategies for its application as an alternative medium of communication. Crucial to this project is the concurrent development of a critical perspective on mainstream media culture. Video art screenings and readings in media theory will critically address the relations between viewers, producers, and the media. Students must expect to acquire materials and texts costing approx. $50.00 to be used in exercises in classroom presentations. Access to equipment and editing facilities will be available. Lab fee: $100. Class size is strictly limited. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 105 BASIC DOCUMENTARY
Staff :: MW 11:00am – 12:50pm :: CFA 232
REG#301639

This course will present students with the fundamental, theoretical, creative, and technical concerns of documentary and video production. Students will be introduced to methods of research, production design, approach to subject, interviewing and the structuring of information, as well as the technical video skills of camera work, sound recording, and lighting and editing, as they apply specifically to the documentary process. The demands of documentary expression require preparation with a different emphasis from that which applies to the personal and experimental approaches to filmmaking and video making. Materials and texts will cost approx. $50. Lab fee: $100. Class size is strictly limited. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 107 FILM HISTORY I
Sarah Bay-Cheng :: TR 11:00am-12:50pm :: CFA 112
REG#454297

This course will introduce students to cinema from its technological and cultural origins in the late nineteenth century through the era of silent cinema, the development of sound film (“the talkie”) in the late 1920s, up to the end of WWII in 1945. This course will closely examine the technological innovations of cinema in the first half of the twentieth century and their effect on the development of narrative form and film style. We will further consider films in their socio-historical contexts in order to understand the dynamic relations among the early cinema’s technological, cultural, and aesthetic development.  Since this course may also serve as an introduction to film interpretation, we will pay close attention to the construction of the moving image and the ideological implications behind that image. Fulfills Intro To Interpretation Requirement

DMS 109 FILM INTERPRETATION
Staff :: MW 11:00am – 12:50pm :: CFA 235
REG#065289

Film Aesthetics have had an enormous impact on the development of media, from television to the internet to video games, as well as on our personal experiences of our everyday lives: “I feel like I’m in a movie!” This course provides an introduction to the main concepts and themes that constitute the rapidly expanding field of Film Studies.  In this course, we will learn to recognize the techniques and conventions that structure our experience of cinema – narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, genre – in order to understand how these various components combine to yield an overall sense of film form. We will survey global film history, critically viewing examples of silent film, classical Hollywood, world cinema, experimental, documentary, and independent narrative film. We will also examine isolated clips from a variety of films as they relate to the weekly discussion topics. Fulfills Intro To Interpretation Requirement

 

DMS 110 PROGRAMMING FOR DIGITAL ART
Staff :: MW 9:00am – 11:50am :: CFA 242
REG#417036

Beginner programming course geared towards Media Study majors with little to no experience who want to pursue Programming Graphics, Game Design and Virtual Reality. This course introduces basic concepts of Computer Science with the Python programming language, while incorporating a Media Study perspective.  Non Majors welcome if space available. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 121A BASIC DIGITAL ARTS
Staff :: MW 9:00pm – 10:50am :: CFA 244
REG#074144

This course will present fundamental concepts and methods that underlie the use of computers in generating and processing digital works and examine them in the context of contemporary artistic practice in painting, photography, film, and video. The impact of computers, both present and potential, on the more traditional arts will be discussed. Through the use of imaging audio and presentation software, students will explore the various ways in which computers deal with images, sound and structures, adapting these methods to produce work of their own. Work by contemporary artists working in the digital medium will be shown and examined on a regular basis. The class size is strictly limited. Lab fee: $100. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 121B BASIC DIGITAL ARTS
Staff :: TR 1:00pm – 2:50pm :: CFA 244
REG#009736

This course will present fundamental concepts and methods that underlie the use of computers in generating and processing digital works and examine them in the context of contemporary artistic practice in painting, photography, film, and video. The impact of computers, both present and potential, on the more traditional arts will be discussed. Through the use of imaging audio and presentation software, students will explore the various ways in which computers deal with images, sound and structures, adapting these methods to produce work of their own. Work by contemporary artists working in the digital medium will be shown and examined on a regular basis. The class size is strictly limited. Lab fee: $100. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 155 (LECTURE) INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEDIA
Staff :: T 9:00pm – 10:50am :: CFA 112
REG# xxxxxx(Register for a lab, this will enroll you for the lecture as well)

DMS 155 A1 (LAB) INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEDIA
Staff :: R 9:00pm – 10:50am :: CFA 244
REG#330645

DMS 155 A2 (LAB) INTRODUCTION TO NEW MEDIA
Staff :: TR 11:00am – 12:50pm :: CFA 244
REG#101342

This course provides an introduction to design and the production of interactive multimedia. The content of the class will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of creating and integrating digital media with authoring/presentation tools. This class will lay the foundation for creating interactive projects for the web and CD-ROMS, and will integrate art, journalism, and music through hands-on developmental projects in our new state-of-the-art Mac lab. Students will learn the process and skills necessary to create a web site and an interactive CD-ROM which integrates animation, graphic design, sound, and text, working in Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Dreamweaver, Flash animation, Sound Edit 16, and Illustrator. The course will accommodate 48 students. Enroll now! Get the technological edge! Lab fee $100. Fulfills Basic Production Requirement

 

DMS 212 BHW INDIAN IMAGE ON FILM
White, B J :: M 4:30pm – 7:20pm :: CLEMEN 17
REG#104403

Cross listed with the American Studies Department: please see their website for more information. May be applied toward DMS Media & Culture or Elective requirements for 3 credits. Fulfills Media Study Elective

 

DMS 213 IMMIGRATION & FILM
Bardin :: MW 3:00pm-4:50pm :: CFA 112
REG#384763

This course focuses on fundamental aspects of immigration in the United States and abroad by examining representative examples of films and documentaries. This semester we will focus on three main aspects of immigration and film (1) political immigration, (2) economic immigration and (3) forced migration and displacement. In addition, we will investigate four major sub-topics related to that issue i.e.; (1) representation of race and ethnicity in film, (2) cultural identity and its reciprocal relationship with cinema, (3) the common narrative of movement, be it geographic or social/economic and (4) tensions between assimilation and cultural diversity. Several themes will be examined repeatedly throughout the semester the various ways first, second and third generations experience immigration; social cultural integration and/or assimilation and cultural diversity. Attendance is mandatory. Non-majors welcome. Fulfills the American Pluralism requirement or Media and Culture or Media Study Elective

 

DMS 215 INTRODUCTION TO SOUND
Thompson :: TR 1:00pm – 2:50pm :: CFA 286
REG#153311

This course is designed to give students a theoretical, historical and practical introduction to sound as a creative medium. Sound art is a broad discipline that is inherently interdisciplinary, with strong roots in modern music, installation and performance art. Through a series of readings, discussions, and collaborations, we will investigate the ways that sound influences our understanding of public space. We will also examine the work of contemporary artists that use sound as a relational medium through interactive technologies and participation-based practices. Students will have the opportunity to create experimental installations through self-directed Lab Projects. Lab fee $100

 

DMS 218 INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION
Chouinard :: MW 1:00pm-2:50pm :: CFA 278
Reg #249350

Intro to Animation is an intensive, production based course in which animated motion is studied and applied in a wide variety of non-computer based techniques including: pencil and paper, cut-outs, rotoscoping, stop-motion, pixelation, camera-less, paint on glass, etc. The student will be expected to complete several short animated excercises incorporating the techniques covered in the course. Non * Intermediate Production

 

 

DMS 259 INTRO TO MEDIA ANALYSIS
Roussel :: TR 9:00am – 10:50am :: CFA 232
Reg #287334

This course is designed to provide students with an historical and theoretical context for current and � hopefully � future developments in media. The course begins with an extended (more than one lecture) discussion of the nature of media focused on the work of Marshall McLuhan. With this as a context, we will read key texts in 20th century media theory including essays by Habermas, Adorno, Debord, Hall, Baudrillard, Barthes, etc. Finally, we�ll read current (21st century!!) work addressing issues in social networking, immersive media and the impact of databases on narrative. Some of this material is � ahh � dense but my approach to it is straightforward: I believe in reading a smaller number of essays carefully as opposed to reading more material quickly. Where I think it is appropriate I provide reading guides but I would be lying if I didn�t say that you will probably spend some time in front of a book with a frown on your face. Many short assignments. The Department of Media Study is based on the idea that making media can be as analytical and critical an act as writing about media so, where appropriate, I�ll entertain either response to the assignment.

 

DMS 305 FILM ANALYSIS I: FILMS OF LATIN AMERICA
MW 3pm-4:50pm :: CFA 232
Reg #189551

This course investigates the variety of modes of expression and global cultural presence exuded by Latin American narrative film via a practice of looking at it through a variety of conceptual lenses. It includes works by Arau, Bu�uel, Eisenstein, Jodorowosky, Alea, Birri, Klein, Hanzell, Diegues, Rocha, de Andrade, Barreto, and Godoy. We will delve into the “Latin American” vision, and consider the psychological, physical, and cultural realities that make this cinema a world apart from ours. The class will feature weekly screenings, along with extensive readings from a variety of genres, including theory, literature, film analysis, manifestos, poetry, and historical documents. Course requirements include an oral report, response papers, and a final paper, along with possible quizzes. Attendance is crucial and students are required to engage energetically in class discussions.

 

DMS 341 INTERMEDIATE VIDEO WORKSHOP
Bouquard :: MW 11am-12:50pm :: CFA 286
REG#137322 PR: DMS 103, 104, 105, or 106

In this course, students will explore and experiment with the video medium through a series of short exercises. Improvement of technical knowledge and skills will be emphasized, and creativity encouraged. Topics to be explored will include: video camera, advanced shooting techniques, sound gathering techniques, microphone placement and selection, non-linear sound editing, lighting techniques for studio and location, non-linear editing. Students learn properties of audio, video and still assets, and practice importing, logging, and insert assembly editing. They also develop a sensitivity to the unique aesthetic and usability criteria of digital video in application environments. Fulfills * Intermediate Production

 

DMS 400 FILM WORKSHOP
Caplan :: TR 3:00pm-4:50pm :: CFA 286
REG#288631

This is an advanced film production course designed for students who have successfully completed the intermediate film production class and have produced at least one short 16mm film. This course will explore the key components of independent production. Students will develop a major project from pre-production through the initial stages of post-production. Students are required to come to the class with an initial concept for a substantive project to be completed during the spring semester. Students will maintain a journal, produce a pre-production package, produce a production book and a fine cut of their final film project. In Addition, students will make a short autobiographical film and explore Narrative, Documentary, and Experimental elements in filmmaking. Students can expect to spend $450 for materials and processing for the course. Students will receive some assistance with supplies and film stock.

 

DMS 402 ADVANCED EDITING
Elder, S M :: TR 3:00pm – 4:50pm :: CFA 235
Reg #378630

Why do cuts work or not work?  This production seminar looks at essential principals of editing and explores the theoretical, practical, and creative editing concerns of film and video artists.  The class is designed for anyone working in narrative or alternative fiction, documentary, or experimental media either in video or film.  Students will study advanced editing techniques learning how to fine cut their own work with some practice in creative editing design assignments.  We will explore the nature of an edit, and examples of good cutting.  Students will read essential editing theory including classics by Murch, Eisenstein, Cancyger, and Hollyn.  The class will study and practice pacing, time cuts, rhythm, dramatic arch, multiple audio tracts, continuity and discontinuity, match cuts, story building, layering sound FX, editing room management, dialogue editing, anti-narrative, and the influence of dreaming.  Guest editors will also visit and lecture on their work.  Students must have previous editing experience and preferably bring raw footage or an edited rough cut project on which they would like to work during the semester.  Each student will have different challenges depending on his/her genre-fiction, experimental, or documentary.  Students will work with Final Cut Pro, and students who wish to can also work on the 8 plate film Steenbeck.  Prerequisites for Undergrads are DMS 341, passed portfolio review and persmission of instructor.  Class size is limited.  Lab fee $100. Fulfills Advanced Production

 

DMS 415 3D ASSET PRODUCTION FOR GAMES
Hand :: M 6:00pm – 10pm :: CFA 242
Reg # 150067 – Automatically linked to DMS 418 LAB

This course explores the creation and implementation of 3d models constructed in Autodesk Maya. We will learn the pipeline for creating objects, textures and animations that can then be imported into various 3d environments, game mods, engines and virtual worlds. Projects will focus on collaborative development of asset sets into simple games or projects in satellite classes. Can be applied towards Intermediate Production Course, Non-Production Course, or towards Electives. Co-req: DMS 418 LAB Concept Content Critique. $100 lab fee.

 

DMS 418 VIRTUAL WORLDS
Hand :: MW 11:00am – 12:50pm :: CFA
Reg #033270 – Automatically linked to DMS 418 LAB

In this course we will delve into some of the most popular, expansive, and cosmopolitan Virtual Worlds both online and in development. We will study, critique and experiment with social spaces spaces like SecondLife alongside learning the various toolsets for asset production. Students will work in teams exploring several facets of content creation in VWs such as machinima, games, commercial spaces, avatar customization. We will also explore the intersections of gaming industry as they relate to VW content creation to providing a greater breadth of application to students of the digital arts. Can be applied towards Non-Production Course; Intermediate Production Course or Electives. Co-req: DMS 418 LAB Concept Content Critique. $100 lab fee.

 

DMS 418 LAB: CONCEPT CONTENT CRITIQUE
Bardin :: W 5:00pm – 6:50pm :: CFA 232
Reg # Ask Instructor

Notice: This is a 2.0 credit lab
This course will explore the trajectory of art through conceptualization, content creation and finally critique of the finished piece. Students will learn how to talk and write about their own practice as well as the work of others in the class. Through an examination of creation and critique processes students will learn how to establish a healthy critical distance from their work enabling them to engage in a more successful and well rounded practice. The class is open to students creating in any medium. Readings will include work by Roland Barthes, Immanel Kant, Walter Benjamin, Hans Haacke, Joseph Beuys. A large portion of the course will constitute critiques from curators and artists from the community, UB Professors from a variety of disciplines as well as visiting curators and artists. This lab is a Co-Requirement for DMS 415 and DMS 418 but others welcome if seats are available. Contact instructor for permission.

 

DMS 423 PROGRAMMING GRAPHICS 1
Pape :: TR 1:00pm – 2:50pm :: CFA 242
Reg#379493

This production course will introduce students to the concepts and practice of programming 3D computer graphics and audio using OpenGL and other libraries. The major focus will be on creating interactive art or games experiences by programming both graphics and sound. The course has three goals: to demystify computer code – we get behind the Graphic User Interface to the machine below; to explore the potential of programming – writing our own code means we can create customized computer tools as well as customized visuals; and to teach the fundamentals of graphics programming. Prerequisites are experience in a programming language such as Python, C, C++, or Java (DMS 121, CSE 113/4/5 or equivalent). Permission of Instructor required. Lab fee $100. Contact: dave.pape@acm.org

 

DMS 427 PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT
Enser :: MW 9am – 10:am :: CFA 112
Reg #438553

This lecture course will follow the conception and history of the machine from the monastery bell to the latest humanoid robot, in select episodes. This is not a history course, but a survey of events in the conceptual construction of the role of the machine. Consequently, the course will focus on cultural aspects of technologies and the fabrication of desire for and belief in the the 21st century machine, from coffee grinders to automobiles, mobile phones, autonomous robots and surveillance systems. Materials will be gathered from diverse authors such as: Lewis Mumford, Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard, Harun Farocki, Paul Feyerabend, Friedrich Kittler, Martin Heidegger, Matthew Fuller, Michel Foucault, Caroline Marvin, Hans Moravec, Marvin Minsky, John von Neumann, Katherine Hayles, Rodney Brooks, Slavoj Zizek, Vilem Flusser, Bruno Latour, Manuel De Landa, David Marr, David Nye and others. Open to all students!

 

DMS 448 GAMES STUDIES COLLOQUIUM
Liszkiewicz :: MW 3:00pm – 4:50pm :: CFA 235
Reg# 493970

Video games encompass an increasingly diverse set of practices, populations, and locations–from fantasy football to multi-player medieval fantasy; from simulations of real life to alternate realities; from fanatics to activists; from nightclubs to competitive arenas to public streets to the classroom; from consoles to mobile phones to large-screen projections. In this course we will analyze not only popular games but interactive installations, pervasive games, mixed and virtual reality environments. We will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of a cultural practice which depends on art, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, interface design, human-computer interaction, psychology, narrative, networking and technical innovation. We will ask why interactive experiences are popular, and try to understand the social and cultural implications of games and gaming. This course can be applied towards your Advanced Analysis and Electives requirements in either Production or Critical Studies. REQUIRED for the Games Studies Certificate.

 

DMS 461 MACHINE CULTURE
Bohlen :: MW 3:00pm-4:50pm :: CFA 112
Reg #096322

This lecture course will follow the conception and history of the machine from the monastery bell to the latest humanoid robot, in select episodes. This is not a history course, but a survey of events in the conceptual construction of the role of the machine. Consequently, the course will focus on cultural aspects of technologies and the fabrication of desire for and belief in the the 21st century machine, from coffee grinders to automobiles, mobile phones, autonomous robots and surveillance systems. Materials will be gathered from diverse authors such as: Lewis Mumford, Paul Virilio, Jean Baudrillard, Harun Farocki, Paul Feyerabend, Friedrich Kittler, Martin Heidegger, Matthew Fuller, Michel Foucault, Caroline Marvin, Hans Moravec, Marvin Minsky, John von Neumann, Katherine Hayles, Rodney Brooks, Slavoj Zizek, Vilem Flusser, Bruno Latour, Manuel De Landa, David Marr, David Nye and others. Open to all students!

 

DMS 485 MEDIA ROBOTICS 1
Bohlen :: MW 11:00am-12:50pm :: CFA 246
Reg# 127728

This course is dedicated to understanding data and data acquisition in the context of digital media arts. Reliably acquiring and interpreting data from external devices is an important part of building non-trivial behaving artifacts. This course will allow students to better understand both the concepts as well as the techniques underlying a variety of data acquisition methods. The course will expose students to fundamental ideas behind sensing, sensor design and sensor interfaces. A substantial part of the course is dedicated to machine vision, an area of active research in both the engineering sciences as well as the arts. Course materials include readings in perception theory, sensor design, fundamentals of machine vision as well as documentation of select art works that engage in advanced sensing methods. Our lab has a wide array of sensor types, an industry grade commercial machine vision library as well as an open source research grade vision library, small footprint microprocessor based ccd cameras, ieee1394 compliant digital cameras, analogue video cameras with fast frame grabber cards and an open source C++ programming environment. With this infrastructure and instructor guidance, students will be able to explore all aspects of data collection. More info at: www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~mrbohlen/machinevision.html. Lab fee $100

 

DMS 496 (1- 4 CR VARIABLE) MEDIA ARTS INTERNSHIP
Staff
REG#Permission of Instructor

Media Study majors have the opportunity to gain variable academic credit for internships in local and national media production companies, television stations, cable companies, and media access centers. This is an unpaid internship available to majors. Guidelines are set by an internship supervisor in collaboration with a faculty sponsor to provide hands-on practical experience in an on-the-job training program. For registration info, see Nancy King in 231 CFA. Media Study Elective

 

DMS 499 (1-4 CR VARIABLE) INDEPENDENT STUDY
Staff
REG#Permission of Instructor

Students may arrange for special courses of study with faculty through “Independent Study.” The instructor will set the guidelines for the course on an individual basis. It permits the student to study, independently, in an area where no course is given. Syllabus for Independent Study should be prepared prior to semester, signed by the instructor, with one copy on file with the department. For registration info, see Nancy King in 231 CFA. Lab fee for production work: $100 Media Study Elective